According to TfL, more than 1.2 million cycle hires were made in September, with an average of 40,660 per day – a new record for the month.
There were 1,219,804 hires during the month, an average of 40,660 daily hires – well above the 37,917 average daily hires in September last year and the 32,323 average daily hires in the three Septembers prior to the pandemic.
Office workers returning to the office helped the surge, with a noticeable increase in people using the Waterloo and King’s Cross hubs, and docking stations located near National Rail stations.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Our record September hires echoes the wider trend of more Londoners choosing to cycle. We are determined to do all we can to build on this further – including by introducing electric Santander Cycles to the network and expanding the scheme to new areas – to ensure a green and sustainable recovery for our city.”
Earlier this year it was announced that Santander will continue to sponsor London’s flagship cycle hire scheme until May 2025, and are currently working on plans to add eight new docking stations in Southwark Borough next year.
Annual totals according to the GLA data store
|Year||Average hires per day over the year||Average hire duration||Annual total hires|
|2010 (from 30th June)||12,875||16 mins||2,180,813|
|2021 (to 31st Sept)||28,505||22 mins||8,814716|
The hires per day when averaged over the year are lower than the headline numbers for September, because far fewer people cycle in Jan and Feb of each year.
The increased duration of cycle hires over the past couple of years is also likely to be down to much higher levels of leisure cycling outside the city centre, as opposed to short hops in the centre which are usually much shorter journeys.